Weekly Round-Up: April, Agents, and Almost Missed You

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place.

wr_iconAntagonists and Antiheroes

Who do you think is the best book villain of all time? Vote now in Arch Villain Madness: The Fatal Four.

Do you find yourself thinking that many protagonists are just too good? Try writing a character whose morality is a bit more questionable. Here’s how to craft the perfect antihero.

Prepare Yourself

When it comes time to actually sit at your desk and start writing, what’s the first thing you do? Maybe the first step is changing the focus of your attention. Read Preparing Your Mind for Writing: How to Make the Shift for more.

Before you sit down to write, you need to prepare yourself by finding some inspiration: Find the Right Writing Inspiration for Your Life.

Agents and Attention

This week’s new literary agent alert is for Kortney Price of Holloway Literary. She is looking for middle-grade fiction, young adult thrillers, and contemporary new adult fiction.

For your book to find its readers, you have to make sure it captures their attention. Here are 10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out in the Slush Pile. Even after publication, there’s still work to do. Read How to Develop a Street Team for Your Book, and learn about working with others to ensure your book gets that attention.

Poetic Asides

The beginning of April (that’s today!) heralds National Poetry Month and our 10th Annual April PAD Challenge. Find out more about the challenge and check out 3 Tips for Navigating the April PAD Challenge.

For this week’s Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a poem using a music genre as the title.

Not enough for you? Here are 10 Short Poetic Forms for you to try.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the new Poetry Spotlights feature, make sure you check out Robert Lee Brewer’s 10 Things in the World of Poetry I Love.

For Your Shelf

Editorial director Jessica Strawser’s debut novel came out this week! Make sure you check out Almost Missed You, available now.

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